Longer Chess Games #36 The St. George Defence in Action. Theory and Game

In this video I explain some interesting opening theory that I have been recently studying. I then get a chance to test the opening against my friend Aldo (around 2100 elo).
If you’re looking for an exciting and maverick way of playing with the Black pieces then this opening could be just the thing for you…

In this online game I pick a longer time limit, 15+10, my aim is to really explain the thought processes behind the moves that I am playing.

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Aldo vs GingerGM

1. e4 e6 2. d4 a6 3. Bd3 b5 4. c3 c5 5. Nf3 Nf6 6. O-O Bb7 7. Re1 Be7 8. Nbd2 Nc6 9. e5 Nd5 10. Ne4 cxd4 11. cxd4 Qb6 12. Bc2 f5 13. exf6 gxf6 14. a4 b4 15. Bb3 Na5 16. Be3 O-O-O 17. Rc1+ Kb8 18. Nc5 Nxb3 19. Qxb3 Rhg8 20. a5 Qb5 21. Rc4 Rc8 22. Rc2 f5 23. Rec1 f4 24. Bd2 Bxc5 25. dxc5 Qe2 26. Bxb4 Rxg2+ 27. Kh1 Qe4 28. c6 dxc6 29. Bd6+ Ka8 30. Re1 Ne3 31. Rxe3 fxe3 32. Kxg2 e2 33. Rc1 c5 34. Re1 Rg8+ 35. Bg3 Rf8 36. Qe3 Qxf3+ 37. Qxf3 Bxf3+ 38. Kg1 Rd8


  1. That game was fantastic – interesting new opening, great attacking and defensive ideas from both players, extreme time pressure at the end, especially for Simon. I just wish the time limit had been a bit longer to allow more time for reflection.

  2. The fact that he plays on a 700 account actually pisses me off as he has clearly deranked it so he can go online and crush a load of 900's which is really scummy IMO and turns a lot of beginners off of the game.

    Still a very instructive video as usual tho so thanks for that.

  3. At the highest levels opening choice matters–but it changes all the time. At club level, there are no bad openings, only bad players. So calm down judgy opening whores. In Morphy's time, they use to think the Sicilian was crap.

  4. I Think rxg2 wins but im only 1500

  5. Your games against Alekhinesbum are always so interesting. Please keep them coming. Consider even making the time control longer. Time trouble has ruined the game on more than one occasion.

  6. Can you pleased make a big Video about the evans Gambit?I allready have your DVD but I wanna learn more about this great opening!

  7. I feel like most chess players never go through "chess adolescence" these days because everyone readily hears that only so-and-so opening is sound etc… If you don't have a deep understanding of why the opening is "bad", then it isn't, until you do have a deep understanding of why it's bad.

  8. It's actually weird as I've just started playing the St Georges and even played it in a blitz tournament. The problem I find is that often the King gets stuck in the centre because if you castle kingside you can be prone to Bxh7 ideas and if you castle queenside the King be opened up. I find playing the Stonewall, despite its solid reputation, to be quite interesting as I often achieve attacking position from it.

  9. Didnโ€™t GM Tony Miles beat WCh Karpov with the St George?

  10. Aldo always gives you a proper challenge and is an excellent player. Such an interesting game!

  11. This is just complete mandess vover the borad yaar superb superb great gret mazaa aa gya superb great great great novelty all the time

  12. omg great analysis. Your like Paul Morphy on drugs! ๐Ÿ˜‰ your imagination and positional clarity/feel is mindblowing. Your a middlegame attacking demon. lol!! TY Sir williams

  13. for some reason, I find more success in st. george defence than in black lion defence, all thanks to you GingerGM.


    Go to live chess. click on the settings icon on the top right of the board and select "right click draws arrows". after the update the setting was set to off by default

    Simon maybe pin this as a lot of users were experiencing this issue including me and you haha

  15. This was absolutely AMAZING!! What an incredibly exciting game. LOVE your reactions to these ridiculous computer lines. I mean Kh4 ? Seriously ? No human in their right mind would find a continuation leading to Kh4. Laughing Out Loud. That's just bonkers. Great stuff. Keep up the amazing work.

  16. Only 187 subscribers until that party. Im looking forward to the 8 hour stream where we all are gonna have a beer

  17. Credits to GingerGM for the fun chess. ๐Ÿ™‚

  18. The ratings whores in the live comment feed need to get pimp slapped.

  19. Where are the new uploads? Missing you Simon..

  20. I can't believe you have stopped streaming :'( will miss it so bad!

  21. Congrats on reaching 30k Simon ๐Ÿ™‚ It has been an amazing journey so far ๐Ÿ˜€ cannot wait what there still is to come.

  22. Hey Simon are you ok? Hope to hear/see from you again!

  23. hey, my rating on lichess is around 1550, but my tactics training is 1977. Is this a normal rating gap between the two, or is something off?

  24. Hi, thanks for this great video on this unknown but interesting opening that I just discovered.
    If blacks idea is to control c4, can white not just play pawn to c4 straight away before black advance pawn to b5? Or would black play b5 anyway and sacrifice a pawn?

  25. The basman opening looks like a take on the modern defense after fianchettoing the dark-squared bishop, as black then looks to develop queen side with a6/c6 then b5. This is really an interesting accelerated version of that.

  26. "Totally new opening" Tony Miles beat Karpov with it in 1980. I play it the same way Miles did by waiting on e6 and going strait to 1. a6. I like it because it encapsulates 1. e4 and 1. d4. and forces both white players down the same studyable lines. If 1.e4 then a3, and if 1. d4 then b5!?! (if you want to play the queen's gambit we're going to play the 'free pawn black can realize advantage from variation') which usually prompts 2. e4 so . . . a6 and we've transposed. Been studying this opening for about 10 years would love to play a game vs you any time. I have st george databases of computer analysis. What sucks is this opening flat stumps stockfish, who sees it as pretty much a refuted force-win for white, unless you transpose into french lines quickly. I find the 1. .. a6 lines force white to defend on e4 and reduce white's possibilities early. This opening delays castling until it comes with a bonus quite often, as the fortress d7 e6 f7 is impenetrable early.

  27. Ive looked at this alot. It is very like a Sicilian, so much so the queen almost without fail should go to c7 like in taimonov

  28. Not to be a smart ass, but your English Defence I believe is better known as Owen's Defence.

  29. Ever since I saw Anatoly Karpov lose to the St. George defense it made me want to learn it. Although as a beginner I'd probably be better off learning the Caro-Kann.

  30. 196 ecf = 2170 fide
    according to wikipedia's calculation (F = E*7.5 + 700)

  31. What computer program is this called that you're using to analyze your game???

  32. Problem is for me no one I have played ever put 3 pawns in a row like that ๐Ÿ™

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